Friday, May 9, 2008

Reporting Live from NYC:

Good Morning loyal readers!

I've been in New York for two days now, absolutely loving it, but still need to post a few things from the house. As it got close to moving time I finished a couple projects, but didn't have time to post about them. Lets try to catch up, shall we?

First of all, I thought the broken window in the living room might be cause for concern for potential home buyers. In took four hours to finish what I thought would be a one hour job. Typical.

First, wearing gloves, I started chipping away the old glazing compound and removing the broken pieces of glass. Once all of the glass had been removed I chiseled out any remaining glazing compound from the window sash. I did my best to brush off any dirt or dust from the wood as that would make it hard for the new glazing compound to stick to.
Next step: cut the glass to fit the window. First problem I encountered? I got the wrong size piece of glass. Trip to the 'Depot. While I was in the area I also grabbed dinner from a sub place I knew I was going to miss. You're starting to see why this took 4 hours, right? Once I had the correct piece of glass at home, I used some of the old broken pieces of glass to practice cutting on.

The makers of the glass cutting tool recommend scoring a dozen passes on a scrap piece of glass to make sure that it is in good working order before you screw up your new piece. I measured out how much of the glass needed to be cut off, then used a T-square to make sure the cut was perpendicular to the edge. One quick score line across the glass and we were ready to break it. I flipped the glass over and used the little ball-end of the cutter to tap the glass along the score line. The glass cracked along that line and the new glass was ready to install.

The little groove that holds the glass in the window needs a little glazing compound so the glass has a bed of it to sit in. Once I suffered through trying to do that on a vertical surface (I didn't take the sash out of the window frame) I put the glass in and secured it with the glazing points. If you don't know, those are little metal pieces that are pushed over the glass into the frame and hold the glass in place, much like the prongs on a diamond ring. Finally, I replaced the glazing compound around the edges of the glass and used a putty knife to shape it into a 45 degree angle.In future projects like this I'll be using the glazing compound that comes in a caulking tube. For this project I used the tub of glazing compound and it was a nightmare. You pull out this wad of hard compound and work it in your hands until it is soft enough to roll into a rope to put on the window. Wait, if you work with it too long it becomes like silly putty and stretches and falls down. Also, it will stick to your hands and your putty knife better than to wood or glass. Just a little fun fact.

While I was having all of this fun with glazing compound I finished the storm windows for the two little windows flanking the fireplace. They will need to be primed, painted, and rehung still, but the hard part was getting them fixed up in the first place. For some reason, even thought I had taken the glass out of the windows, it wouldn't fit back in. You'd think that if you could pull the glass out of the frame it would fit right back in, wouldn't you? Yeah, I thought that too. I had to scrape down the wood on all four sides to make the glass fit back in... where it was for the last 80 years. I don't get it.

I think the house was just mad that I was leaving it without finishing first.

One last thing: Spring Cleanup saved my behind. Fargo, as most towns do, has a spring cleanup when you can haul almost anything to the boulevard and they'll take it away for you. I already mentioned that I had a washer and dryer get taken from the boulevard with a refrigerator. By the time that the garbage people came to collect, the garbage pile had been pretty well picked through by people. They took those appliances as well as an old computer, an orange traffic cone, fireplace tools, a pair of shoes, clothes, magazines, a cowboy hat, a broken bicycle that came with the house, and some old wooden shelves. Amazing.
One Nate's trash is another random stranger's treasure. In all, I threw out seven jumbo trash bags and eight boxes of stuff. It came out to about half of my things, leaving only about ten boxes to be stored at my parents' place. It felt really good getting rid of everything I don't need. A good word to use would be cleansing. I just got rid of things that I didn't need that I was holding on to for no good reason. I'm a recovering pack-rat, but I'm getting over it fast. This is how much stuff I have in New York. I'd say that's about as far from pack-rat as you can get!

I'm missing the house already (living in a questionable old building in the Bronx) but I love being in New York. I'll miss blogging about the house too. I'll just get my kicks reading & commenting on the rest of you guys' blogs.

12 comments:

Ranty said...

Wow, I can't believe you cut your own glass!!! I usually just take my screwed-up windows to the hardware store and have those guys do 'em...

Though with the number of windows I have now that need work, I might just follow your lead - especially if it's cheaper...

I hope you keep posting, I really want to hear about your adventures!

John said...

Congratulations on making it out of the house and on to NYC. Enjoy!

And, you are totally right about the glazing compound. It's the devil, but still not as bad as plumbing.

Sandy said...

I can't believe you are actually there. I, too, will miss posts about the house; but I am looking forward to hearing all about your new adventures! Go get em, Nate!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to NYC!
Enjoy the traffic and the people who move
very fast when driving and walking.
They act a bit strange too when they
find out you are not from NYC.

Julie in NE NJ

Jennifer said...

Good luck in NYC and good luck with the house!

Sandy said...

So glad you stopped by my spot! It always helps to refresh your memory. LOL!

Kathy from NJ said...

If you really miss working on the house it looks like the floors in the new place could use some sprucing up. I have you listed in my favorites, if you decide to change your blog please make note of it here so you fans can continue to follow you (and in 5 years we can say, "We knew Nate before he was famous!"

Nate said...

Yeah, I miss blogging, so I was thinking about starting a new blog about living as a model in New York. After a little consideration I realized that most of the time I'm just bored and sit on the internet. I also sleep about 10 hours a day. I've only been to a few castings and haven't booked any work yet. It would make for a pretty dull blog.

I do have my first photo shoot on Monday though, so that will get me out of the apartment!

I'm so glad I have everyone else's blogs to read. It's fun for me to keep up with everyone's projects & activities. ...hopefully soon my life will get interesting again too!

Josh said...

Congratulations on your successful move, Nate, and happy landings in NYC.

Jenni said...

Hey blog about where you are living now on this site, and places you have been, and stuff.

NV said...

NYC is a great place. I have been there lots on business, never just for fun, though I have gotten to do something fun each trip (Broadway show, Empire State, Battery Park, Little Italy, etc.) So, I'm a little jealous ... Call me Dorothy, though, but I'm convinced there's no place like home.

I'll bet you DO miss your house. You've got some great bones there and it's awesome that you even cut your own glass. Sears Hardware does that for me. :-)

Kathy from NJ said...

How about an update to let us know that you're alive and well. Maybe you can let us know what's going on with the sale (?) of the house.